A Liverpool woman has been charged after the victims of a sexual assault were named on social media.
Sophie Turner, 18 years old and of Old Swan, has been bailed to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court on March 7. She is charged with two counts of publishing the names of the victims of a sexual offence, and two counts of harassment.
The charges relate to messages posted on social media on July 25 2017, following the sentencing of two Liverpool men over sexual offences against a child.
Jamie Turner, 25 and Old Swan and Myles Bell, 22 and of Walton, were each sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexual activity with a child and inciting a child into sexual activity.
Turner was convicted of having sexual activity with a child on at least 15 occasions and inciting a child into sexual activity on at least 10 occasions. He was also convicted of four counts of taking indecent images of a child.
Bell was convicted of having sexual activity with a child on at least 15 occasions and inciting a child into sexual activity on at least 10 occasions.
The men, named as drug dealers by the Liverpool Echo, exploited two girls who were aged between 14 and 17, often getting them intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine before abusing them and sometimes filming sexual acts. It has also been reported that Turner urinated on one of the victims.
The two men threatened to release the footage if the girls did not agree to further acts.
In a victim impact statement, read out to the court during the trial, one of the victims said: "I am so embarrassed and humiliated by what Jamie and Myles did to me. At the time I didn't think anything was wrong, but now I know what the men did to me and [the second victim] was wrong and that we were being used.
"When all this was happening I was stressed about other things in my life and Jamie and Myles took advantage of this, using me for their own sexual pleasures.
"I have difficulty trusting people and believe most me are just after one thing from me – sex, I just don't want what happened to [the second victim] and me to happen to anyone else."
The second victim said: "What has happened to me was horrible and will stay with me for the rest of life. I am scared of Jamie and Myles, and I think I always will be.
"They used me in the most horrible and sickening way. At the time I didn’t think this was wrong, I honestly believed they were being nice to me, that they cared and we being friendly towards me. Family, friends and professionals at the time were telling me I was being exploited and abused by these men but I wouldn’t listen and I often came into conflict with the people closest to me and hurt them."